Tony Dungy: NFL player protest was pro-free speech, anti-Trump


Former player and coach Tony Dungy said Monday that players participating in protests Sunday across the National Football League had two targets: the right for free speech and President Donald Trump.

In his appearance on NBC's "Today," Dungy said players either taking a knee during the National Anthem or deciding to stay in the locker room on Sunday had nothing to do with the U.S. flag or the nation's military but about social change in the treatment of black Americans by local law enforcement.

Dungy, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, also said the players banded together after Trump singled-out previous players including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a speech Friday and on statements made through Twitter that called for those players to be fired by NFL owners.